Rachel Cornacchia & Valkyrie de Talma Top $50,000 iJump Grand Prix at Blenheim Spring Classic

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San Juan Capistrano, CA – Rachel Cornacchia (CAN) claimed the first place prize and her first Grand Prix win in the $50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic 4 Grand Prix, presented by iJump Sports, aboard Eventyre Farms Ltd.’s Valkyrie de Talma. In front of a full audience of fellow equestrians and local fans, Cornacchia delivered two swift, faultless rounds that secured her the win by a half of a second against five others in the jump-off. Carly Anthony(USA) and Chacco picked up second place as the second-fastest double clear finisher.

The excitement took place over a course built by FEI Course Designer Oscar Soberon. The 16-effort track included a first fence by the in-gate, double combinations, a triple-bar fence, and numerous bending lines and rollbacks. Six of fourteen riders were able to navigate the course without accumulating faults. Cornacchia did so first, providing a second faultless round in a blazing fast time of 42.724 seconds that proved unbeatable.

“Considering that I was first to go in the jump-off, I just wanted to be double clear. I started with a forward pace and tried to make tidy turns and slices when I could, and the result couldn’t have been better. The track was great, especially for my first big Grand Prix class. It was inviting and complicated, but not over facing.”

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Rachel Cornacchia (USA) & Valkyrie de Talma during the awards ceremony

Cornacchia’s first show with this mount was exactly one year ago and the pair have been very successful ever since. “I’m looking forward to moving up with her into the 1.45m FEI classes this year. She’s got a very funny personality, but she’s a very competitive and brave horse.”

$50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic 4 Grand Prix, presented by iJump Sports

Place – Entry Number – Rider – Horse – Owner – Faults/Time
1. 397 – Rachel Cornacchia (CAN) & Valkyrie de Talma  – Eventyre Farms, Ltd. – 0/0/42.724
2. 599 – Carly Anthony (USA) & Chacco –  Neil Jones Equestrian, Inc. – 0/0/43.267
3. 506 – Shawn Casady (USA) Dakar VDL – HKC Collection, LLC – 0/0/44.110
4. 636 – Robert Blanchette (IRL) Coupis – Robert Blanchette – 0/4/44.402
5. 601 – Natasha Traurig (USA) & Tenesse Rouge – Steele Yard, LLC – 0/4/46.043
6. 104 – Mariano Alario (ARG) & Edesa Stallone –  Estancia Farms, Inc. – 0/8/44.030
7. 505 – Shawn Casady (USA) & Cicomein VLD – Shawn Casady – HKC Collection, LLC – 4/81.482
8. 399 – Jim Ifko (CAN) & Un Diamant des Forets – Eventyre Farms, Ltd. – 4/82.495
9. 504 – Shawn Casady (USA) & Durango VDL – High Point Farm South, LLC – 4/82.943
10. 226 – Nicole Haunert (USA) & Costena La Silla – Lynne Bollinger – 4/83.056
11. 642 – Simon McCarthy (IRL) & Ce Ce Senior  – Joan Hoppe – 4/84.263
12. 197 – Gabriela Pattinson (USA) & Quadrigus  – Susanne Coleman – 4+1/88.766

Source: Press Release by Blenheim EquiSports

Photos: © McCool Photography